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The Observer and Free Lance – May 14, 1887

Sam Mathews, the famous wrestler, defeated, on Feb. 7th, W. H. Hunter of Louisiana, in a wrestling match to decide the Championship.  He won in the 5th round.  In the last round Mathews picked Hunter up and threw him on his head on the bare floor and then pressed him to secure the fall.  When time was called it was found that Hunter had fainted, the cords in his neck having been sprained.